Masualle upbeat for 2015 in classrooms, council chambers

2014-12-17 15:13

The school holidays have only just begun, but Eastern Cape premier Phumulo Masualle says it’s “all systems go” for the province’s 2015 academic year.

Masualle addressed journalists at Bhisho State House in Bhisho today, announcing a new scholar transport management plan to get pupils around the province to class in the new year.

He said the delivery of learner and teacher support materials to schools was also on track.

“We are confident that the province is on the right course and is ready to take our development agenda to another level,” he said.

Masualle said the results for the class of 2014 will be released on January 6.

“Many will be excited at their success, but there are those who will be disappointed. As government we call upon parents to be supportive to the learners, give moral support to those who will have to repeat the grade and commit to support them to the next year.

“Failure is a temporary condition. It should not diminish their hopes for a bright future,” Masualle said.

His province will be hoping to fare better this year than it did in 2013: last year’s Eastern Cape matric class was bottom of the log, with a 64.9% pass rate. That was an improvement from 2012, when its matrics recorded a 61.6% pass rate.

Masualle’s provincial government has set itself a pass mark of 70% for 2014.

The premier, who is also the ANC’s chairperson in the Eastern Cape, praised the provincial government for a smooth transition from the fourth to the fifth democratic administration. He took over as premier in June.

“We can safely say that there has been political stability in our province and our democracy is maturing. We have filled many of the vacancies in the top echelons of government at the head of department level and will continue to do so at senior and middle level management in the new year.”

He admitted that more needed to be done to stabilise local government in the province.

On Monday, President Jacob Zuma disbanded the regional ANC leadership in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro (Port Elizabeth), replacing it with a task team.

Masualle said that in order to improve the situation at local government level, systems would need to be strengthened and qualified professionals “deployed” to run municipalities.

“There is a lot of hard work that still needs to be undertaken in really going back to the basics when it comes to municipalities.”

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